From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (African American Women Veterans in and from Kentucky)

Garvin, Emma Louise Langley

(born: January 28, 1921  -  died: August 9, 1993) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

September 1, 1943

Active Duty Exit

December 29, 1945


Emma L. Garvin was married when she joined the Army in Indianapolis, IN, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. She had been a kitchen worker.

Emma Louise Langley was born in Henderson, KY, the daughter of Harry S. and Emma Louise Guynn Langley. The family is enumerated in the 1930 U.S. Census when they were living in Henderson. When they were enumerated in the 1940 U.S. Census, the family had moved to Terre Haute, IN. Emma's father was a fireman in an iron foundry.

Emma L. Langley Garvin divorced her husband and took back her maiden name. After her military service, she lived in Indianapolis, IN, where she was employed as an accounting clerk at the U.S. Army Finance and Accounting Center.  

Emma Louise Langley died in Indianapolis and is buried in the Highland Lawn Cemetery in Terre Haute.

Sources: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File in Ancestry; Emma Louise Langley at Find A Grave; Indiana Death Certificate, State #93-032004 (Ancestry); and "Obituaries: Emma Louise Langley," The Indianapolis Star, 8/11/1993, p. 58.

Kentucky County & Region

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NKAA Source: National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: Indianapolis star (newspaper)

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